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      Governor Bentley signs Gulf State Park legislation

      Governor Bentley joins state and local leaders on Alabama’s Gulf Coast to discuss and sign the Gulf State Park legislation. (Photo Credit: Governor’s Office, Jennifer Ardis)

      Governor Robert Bentley signed Senate Bill 231, which will lead to improvements at Gulf State Park, including a lodge and meeting facility that will help attract more visitors.{}

      Improvements to Gulf State Park are part of a series of proposed restoration projects announced earlier this month.{} Funding for the projects will come from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Early Restoration process.{}

      The projects were negotiated with BP and Alabama's federal and state partners as part of the ongoing recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Nearly $86 million in NRDA funding is allocated for Gulf State Park enhancements.{}

      Of the total funding allotment, roughly $58 million is set aside for the lodge and meeting facility.

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